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Cities do not have an expiry date, but they all have a desire for the future. Like the idea of immortality, which separates us from other  animals. The experience of place-appropriation arises from more or less nostalgic, more or less intimate, more or less autobiographical, more or less filtered mutating memory.

This discursive drive may be geared to mere observation, and yield to a consecration by pleasure and curiosity embedded in the contemporary need to review that identity, or to identify that sceno(geo)graphic mutation.

The points of view of Maia are manifold and, for that reason, the questions and possible answers corresponding to equally different moments are themselves manifold. Landscapes and people convoke new concepts beyond what is established,intersectionalities in which the city takes on a new notion of representational space, either revealed or concealed, based on its urban intermittencies.

The objective of Maia Biennial of Contemporary Art 2019 is to allow for a readjustment of our position in the face of constant mutation and, at the same time, to generate perceptions of the conscious identity of the contemporary orbit. It is about identity in a global world. It is about the consolidation of contaminated creation. It is about same-place-based heterogenous artistic practices, and homogenous different-place-based practices. It is about individual experience in a dialogue with the work. It is about the expansion of the subjectivity of place as context. It is about the rupture of boundaries between worlds or the dissolution of locus-truncated aesthetical canons. It is about the emerging transposition of bodies and information. It is about the referential universes that we carry and bring along with us. It is about a circuit of terms questioned by the permeability of borders. It is about the invisibility of the world when the world is one, and one only. It is about terms that transcend themselves biographically when ‘auto’ is a common denominator. It is about the fast dynamics of the process of relationships between creation and cognition, what is lived and what is falsified, what is kept and what is transformed as the engine for new discourses of culture and art. But it is also about the democratization of art, bringing it inside containers to the real territory, for an encounter with the citizens of Maia – at Praça Doutor Vieira de Carvalho, at Parque da Cidade Desportiva, in Maninhos, at Castêlo da Maia, in Mandim, at Feira de Pedras Rubras and at Parque da Pícua.

Twenty-four years was the time necessary for this idea to materialize, under the disruptive guise of the import/exportbinomial. It is the exact time to remember the epochal dynamics and establish new narratives to re-appropriate identitary referents between local and global, between origin and destination.

Maybe this leads to the understanding that such discourse could only be possible by operating as dissemination across the territory and by anchoring itself in it as a binomialcontainer, on the one hand symbolic of the paradoxical nature of the theme and, on the other hand as the condition for the (con)figuration of the (re)creation of new plural experiences of the various places and their meanings and (atmo)spheres.

All the works belong to a single exhibition, with multiple locations, allowing for the ambition to illuminate several sides of this stage and question ways of doing from several points of view: Architecture, Visual Arts, Design and New Media.

CHIEF CURATOR Andreia Garcia CO-CURATORS Diogo Aguiar, Javier Peña Ibáñez, Luís Albuquerque Pinho, Luís Pinto Nunes, Sara Orsi, Vera Sacchetti ARTISTS AATB, Alessandro Ludovico, Bryana Fritz, Carla Filipe, Carlos Azeredo Mesquita, Catarina Carreiras, Catarina Lee, Conferência Inferno, Danilo Mandic, Dayana Lucas, Elodie Correia, ERROR-43, Fernando Abellanas, Filipa Alves de Sousa, Francisco Oliveira, Horácio Frutuoso, Isabel Lucena, Jejuno, Joana Bértholo, Joana Chicau, Joel Vacheron, Justin Jaeckle, Luísa Ribas, Mafalda Santos, Manuel Mesquita, Marco Heleno, Mark Ijzerman, Mercedes Bunz, Miguel Carvalhais, Orlando Lovell, Pedro Augusto, Popticum, Priscillia Julien, Sara & André, Siân, Space Transcribers, Takk, Tiago Alexandre, Uncanny Valley Studio ASSISTANT CURATOR (DESIGN) Inês Revés GRAPHIC DESIGN And Atelier WEBSITE And Atelier com/with Sara Orsi PRODUCTION Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs – Margarida Antunes & Igor Gonçalves PROMOTOR PROMOTER Câmara Municipal da Maia, Pelouro da Cultura SPONSORS AND SUPPORT Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) Agrupamento de Escolas do Castêlo da Maia AMAG Bordanpe FBAUL – Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa GLC Química Goethe Institut, Gráfica Maiadouro, Imobiliária Venepor, SA, ISMAI – Instituto Universitário da Maia, Maia Hoje, Metro do Porto, New Caffé Gin Club, Pizza Hut, ReUrban, Tintas 2000 PROGRAMME DEVELOPED IN THE CONTEXT Comemorações dos 500 anos – Foral da Maia  500th anniversary of the Municipal Foral Charter

Andreia Garcia (Guimarães, 1985) is a Portuguese, Porto-based architect, curator, researcher and consultant of architecture, design and urban scenography. Founder of Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs, she has specialized in the dissemination of architecture through research, curatorial practice and editorial projects.


Garcia was project coordinator of ‘Smaller Cities’ and project manager of the ‘Creative Landscape’ projects in Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture. In 2015 was curator of Theatro Circo de Braga leading the ‘Projeto Memória’ which celebrated the theatre’s centenary and was editorial and programme coordinator of the Portuguese Representation of the XXI Triennale di Milano. In 2017, she assumes the curatorship of the architecture programme for the Biennial of Contemporary Art of Maia. In the same year she was invited to curate two exhibitions for the Vertical Gallery, in Porto, where she explored the boundaries between Art and Architecture in dialogue with the building’s architecture – ‘Endless Space. Proposition of the Continuous’ and ‘Rhythm of Distances: Propositions for the Repetition’; in 2018, she designed, programmed and curated the first edition of the ‘MAM’ ( Architecture Month of Maia), dedicated to the life and work of the architect João Álvaro Rocha; in 2019, she presented the ‘MAM’19’ entitled ‘Fast Forward’ for which she invited eight emerging architecture studios and four architecture critics to imagine the 2119 Maia – an exhibition on the future of territory, the landscape, the environment, architecture, technology, mobility and society; this year, Garcia is the general curator of the Bienal de Arte Contemporânea da Maia ’19, under the title ‘Import/Export’, which is represented by four disciplinary axes (architecture, design, plastic arts and new media) and is displayed in sixteen containers spread over seven different points in the territory of Maia. Since 2016 she has co-founded, with Diogo Aguiar, the ‘Galeria de Arquitectura’ [Architecture Gallery], an independent space dedicated to the architecture thinking, in Porto.


In recent years her architecture work has already been selected twice for the FAD Awards (2018 and 2019), and Dezeen awards (2019) and published in international magazines such as Dezeen, Domus, Designboom, Archdaily, among others.


Her PhD in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon (FAUL, 2015) received the Professor Manuel Tainha Award for the best PhD thesis in Architecture by FAUL, and was published in book under the title ‘City, Architecture and Scenic Space’. She is Guest Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Minho (EAUM) and is Assistant Professor at the University of Beira Interior (UBI).



Andreia Garcia . principal . senior architect founding partner and curator

Clara Puentes (2018-) . junior architect

Rita Amado (2019-) . intern


Former Collaborators

Martzel Arriaga (2019) . architecture intern

Margarida Antunes (2018-2019) . producer 

Cecilia Carrioli (2019) . architecture intern

Clara Asperilla (2018) . architecture intern

Inés Brotons (2017) . architecture intern




Premis FAD | Selected, Interiorismo
Prudêncio Studio

Manuel Tainha’ Professor Award | Award
Best Architecture PhD thesis 2014/2015



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